Takoradi kidnapping: Nigerian High Commissioner to assist in investigations - Gender Minister

By Wendy Amarteifio
Takoradi kidnapping:Nigerian High Commissioner to assist in investigations-Gender Minister

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison says a fruitful meeting was held with the Nigerian High Commissioner to assist the security service with the investigation process to rescue the kidnap girls.

In an interview with citinews monitored by PrimeNewsGhana, she revealed the Nigerian High Commissioner's willingness and readiness to assist in investigations.

According to the Gender Minister, Cynthia Morrison, “Since the suspect is a Nigerian, I have asked the High Commissioner to go with me and he is willing to do so. He has been supportive and he already delegated his people to go to Takoradi to meet the appropriate authorities. We discussed how we can go and talk to the suspect in his native language. Perhaps that will make him open up to the High Commissioner than he will do to any of us.”

The Gender Minister also disclosed that the suspect Samuel Udoetuk Wills is cooperating and giving information to the police that will hopefully lead to the rescue of the girls.

The Kidnapped girls at the Sekondi Takoradi metropolis remain in the custody of their captures while the police are making efforts to trace and rescue the girls.

According to Cynthia Morrison, there is hope for the families of the three Takoradi kidnapped girls following claims by the main suspect that they’re still alive.

Meanwhile, residents of the Takoradi metropolis live in fear, there has been a huge public outcry over the failure of the police to find three girls. 

The three, Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie were kidnapped in 2018 from the Sekondi-Takoradi area in the Western Region.

The Ghana Police Service has sought assistance from the US and UK to help with investigations into the matter.

The only suspect arrested, Samuel Udoetuk Wills, broke jail and escaped, and was later recaptured at Nkroful near Takoradi. He is currently facing trial for escaping cells.

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Cynthia Morrison also cautioned the public to be safety conscious because of their vulnerability.

“To prevent future kidnappings, we need to be very careful. Even if we give each house one policeman, it will be impossible. Anybody can be kidnapped at any time depending on the location and the situations that arise. So the police can’t prevent this. We cannot blame the police because they cannot police us at the same time, that is not possible”, she said.The kidnapping incidents in the Western Region have triggered support for the traumatised families and a social media campaign by Ghanaians urging the police to be more aggressive in finding the missing girls.

Top officials of the Western Regional Police Command together with CID Boss, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo- Danquah have visited the families of the three kidnapped girls in separate meetings in Takoradi.

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